Rosehill Blackbookers - Latest Horses To Follow
- Alex Marsh details some of the runners to follow from the Rosehill Saturday program
- Check out which horses caught his eye as ones to follow from the November 28 card
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Rosehill hosted the Sydney Metropolitan meeting on November 28. (Getty)
Looking for the latest Rosehill blackbookers and horses to follow from Rosehill Sydney meeting? Our Sydney racing expert Alex Marsh gives us the eyecatchers after Saturday racing at Rosehill.
Rosehill Blackbookers November 28
Monte Ditto (Fourth): Both Monte Ditto and the winner Threeood (three-wide the trip) were impressive, but on a very low rating of a 67 and with that, the ability to drop in grade for a softer route should they choose, this son of Zoustar should be saluting over the summer period.
Although the overall strike rate is low, two Benchmark 78 second placing's last winter, including one behind a subsequent Benchmark 88 winner Poetic Charmer, indicate he's certainly capable enough at this level.
This five-year-old was tightened for room early and as a result of that squeeze, was forced to retreat towards the rear and after finally negotiating a wider passage in the run home, balanced up strongly over the concluding stages (narrowly beaten for the fastest last 600m of this race at 33.40).
Whilst he has failed in his one 1400m attempt to date, Monte Ditto is giving the impression a strong six or even seven furlongs may suit a little deeper into this spring and off this return, he should be winning a race or two this time in.
Likely Target: There's a few options via the Canterbury program on December 11 where they can drop in grade and rise to the 1250m or stay at 1100m (both at Benchmark 72 level).
Viridine (Third): Winning three of his last four attempts (including back-to-back victories in July and August) over the winter, this Godolphin sprinter is becoming a real model of consistency and spotting 8kg to the first two home here in Invictus Salute and Spaceboy, the November 28 return was excellent.
If he had of been afforded an inside alley, I suspect the son of Poet's Voice could have made this very interesting if he was a pair or two and closer to the eventual quinella (Spaceboy led, Invictus Salute box-seat).
Viridine attempted a wide run against that pattern from the back of the field and although seemingly peaking on that effort late, was still able to record the fastest last 600m of this whole Rosehill program (33.23).
1200m is his pet distance and with the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (December 12) and Christmas Stakes (December 26) should they go back to Melbourne, there does look to be a few nice short-term options around.
Likely Target: Two weeks into the Razor Sharp on Villiers Race Day (December 12) does look a very logical second-up assignment for Viridine.
Fulmina (Third): By Snitzel and out of a daughter to dual Group One winning mare Arborea (Thousand Guineas and VRC Oaks), Fulmina is a progressive type from the Mark Newnham stable who has worked her way through the grades over her last two preparations and Saturday's return effort suggested that she can continue that trend.
Twice a winner over 1800m last winter on heavy tracks, this four-year-old is quite versatile in that she can handle any surface and perhaps with the view to get to 2000m this campaign, can be very competitive in any distance range from 1500m onwards.
Especially after coming up with a wide gate here on return, it was no surprise to see them go back and what was effectively a leader-dominated affair by a race-fit duo of Great News and Two Big Fari, the effort to come wide and launch has extra merit (had a three-quarter of a length margin on fourth).
At 34.15, Fulmina recorded comfortably the fastest last 600m of this contest and at 11.13, ran the slickest last furlong as well whilst given the tactics here first-up along with the subsequent drift ($7-$10), she should only improve from this.
Likely Target: There's a 1550m Benchmark 78 at Canterbury on December 11 or a 1600m in that same grade on December 19 should they go three weeks between runs.